Do you struggle to feel awake in the morning? If so, you’re not alone. Many people crave the darkness in the morning because the bright light makes them want to shrivel up like a vampire. However, we all need to make a shift away from this mentality and allow ourselves to be drawn to the light. Sunlight helps our bodies wake up naturally and prepares us for the day. How is seeking the sunlight first thing in the morning a tip for better sleep? Well, when our bodies wake and rest at the same times each day, our sleep is of higher quality each night.
How To Find The Sunlight
Do your very best to break the habit of tucking under the covers and hitting snooze. Instead, follow a few of these tips to bring natural light into your morning routine to help your body wake up.
Open the Blinds
When I was a schoolchild, my mother would walk into my bedroom to wake me by singing “Good morning to you, good morning to you, good morning, sweet Lauren, good morning to you,” as she waltzed over to the window and pulled up the blinds. As much as I disliked it, I realized I always got out of bed within a minute and was up and getting ready peacefully. Natural light is way better than artificial light, so opening the blinds is a great start to seeking the sunlight.
Use the C by GE App to Set a Light Timer
Now that I’ve grown and my mother no longer greets me with a tune and opens my blinds, I have to figure out a way to do this on my own. Sometimes, it’s hard to convince myself to jump out of bed and spring open the blinds, so I’m thankful that my new C by GE bulbs have a built-in timer. Using the app, I set a timer for when I want the lights to turn on. At 5:30 a.m, the lights automatically switch on. This is a handy way to avoid lying in the dark past my wake time, and it makes it easier to get out of bed to open the blinds before switching off the lights.
Drink Coffee and Eat Breakfast Outside
Summertime is the perfect time for this method of seeking sunlight. With the sun rising around 5:00 a.m., many people are afforded the opportunity to enjoy sunlight before leaving the house for work. Instead of sitting at the kitchen table under harsh fluorescent lights, take your cup of joe and hearty breakfast outside to enjoy the sunlight, singing birds, and the fresh smells of spring and summer.
Go for a Walk
Strap on your tennis shoes, grab your pup (or maybe a good book or some sweet new tunes), and head outside for a walk around the block. The fresh air and movement surely helps your body wake and prepare for full daily function at the highest motivation. Plus, you get the added benefit of knocking out your daily exercise in the morning, so that’s a perk!
What other ways do you enjoy seeking the sunlight in the morning? We’re always looking for more tips for better sleep, and we’d love to hear your secrets to living a life full of #NolAhdventures.